Kevin Stadler Wins Nationwide Tour Event
Aug. 15, 2006
Former USC All-American Kevin Stadler shot a 5-under-par 65 in Sunday's final round of the Xerox Classic to finish at 9 under and win the Nationwide Tour event by one stroke.
Stadler was in the clubhouse with a 271, hoping it would be good enough to win the tournament, as he watched veteran and leader Glen Day finish play.
But Day, holding a one-stroke lead and standing on the 72nd tee, double-bogeyed the final hole to give Stadler his third career victory.
Day, a 12-year member of the PGA TOUR, hooked his tee shot into the heavy rough on the uphill, 478-yard closing hole and criss-crossed the fairway twice before eventually missing a 4-foot putt for bogey that handed Stadler the one-stroke win and the $103,500 check that went with it.
'It was out of my control at that point,' said Stadler of his 45-minute wait. 'I was fully expecting a playoff. It's not the way you want it to end. It's hard watching the tournament finish like that. At the same time, I really didn't want to go out and warm up again. I played great today and it feels kind of deserved but you don't want to back into it.'
Stadler started the day three strokes back of 54-hole leader Steve Collins (76-279) and moved into contention by playing nearly flawless golf on a day when most of the leaders struggled.
'It was anyone's game out there,' said Stadler, an admitted scoreboard watcher. 'You could tell it was going to be like that all week. Anyone who made the cut had a chance. It's a lot better than knowing you have no shot and you still have to shoot lights out just to make a decent check.'